March 2, 2009

Students take time to give compliments

Two students at Indiana's Purdue University said they spend about an hour and a half each week distributing free compliments.

Civil engineering student Brett Westcott and management student Cameron Brown said they have spent 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. of nearly every Wednesday since the start of the school year standing outside of Wetherhill Lab of Chemistry and complimenting passersby, the Indianapolis Star reported Monday.

I just woke up one day and pretty much just thought to myself to go give free compliments today, said Westcott, a native of Plainfield, Ill. I told Cameron about it and he was excited about it. We both came out here and had a great time doing it.

Brown, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, said he and his partner in praise have received positive responses to their compliment campaign.

We get a lot of people who are regulars who come by every Wednesday and give out compliments with us, Brown said.

The duo said their flattery is not the result of an organization or special project; it's just about spreading a little kindness on campus.

There have been a lot of people who have had bad days who have come up afterward and said 'Thanks, that brightened my day a little bit,' Brown said. That's really why we are out here.